Heading to the Farmer’s Market with kids is fun, sure, but sometimes the little chickens could use a kick of extra motivation. I feel like I have read a zillion farmer’s market books; regardless these two caught my eye.
At the Farmer’s Market with KidsÂ is a book filled with recipes for delicious food kids can make themselves, or with a some help from a parent. The recipes are organized by season, so your group can get all psyched up to find ingredients before you head out to the market. These aren’t just regular old kid-cookbook stand-bys like fruit kebobs. Fun recipes for raisins, ketchup, almond milk, and blackberry T-shirt dye are all here, in addition to kid favorites like mix-and-match pesto and fruit cobblers. Fun and yum!
Let’s Go to the Farmer’s Market is an adorably packaged kit, practically begging to be a birthday present for the spring- and summer-born. It includes fruit and vegetable info cards (grapes and tomatoes are technically berries–your young Cliff Clavins will be informing everyone they meet), a sweet little pad of grocery list paper, a booklet about what your local farmers might be offering, and perhaps the most cunning shopping bag the market will ever see. It folds up into itself to make a fat, red strawberry. Unfolded, it is a full-size grocery bag that parents will most likely swipe for themselves. The set manages to be super-cute without being twee, and will get any young child eager for the weekly shop.
At the Farmer’s Market with Kids
by Leslie Jonath and Ethel Brennan
2012 Chronicle Books $23
Let’s Go to the Farmer’s Market
2012 Chronicle Books $15
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